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The Most Absurd Lie Ever Told About Salt

Salt. It shows up in our idioms about as often as our food. Even the word 'salary' is derived from salarium, the term for a Roman soldier’s earned ration of salt. But one of the most ridiculous lies perpetuated about this humble mineral is that in ye olden days, salt was more valuable than gold due to its function in food preservation. YouTube historian Lindybeige explains how this is all just a big misunderstanding. Read More >>

These Salt Mines Look Like Landscapes From Another Planet

There's something about looking at these photographs of Australian salt mines that… I don't know, they're like a visual chill pill or something. Photographer Emma Phillips snapped these beautiful shots in the Nullarbor Plain of Western Australia, but they look like a landscape from outer space. Read More >>

The Great and Secret Salt Heist That Saved the Sochi Olympics

Believe it or not, salt is an incredibly important tool when you're trying to keep a ski mountain running during a warm spell. Unfortunately, the organisers of the Sochi Games did not believe this fact, and late last week, that oversight almost ruined the Olympics. Read More >>

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This Briny Structure Was 3D Printed Entirely Out of Salt

This solid looking structure appears to be made out of plastic, or some equally sturdy polymer. But get a little closer, and you'll find it's made of... salt? Read More >>

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How Salt and Pepper Became the Yin and Yang of Condiments

They're staples on every dining table and the requisite ingredients in virtually every European cuisine, so inseparable that polite society dictates they always be passed together. Salt and pepper are the undisputed champions of condiments—but how did they get so popular? And why those two spices specifically? Read More >>

Take a Street View Tour of an Underground Chapel Built Out of Salt

If opulent isn’t an adjective you’d immediately associate with the mining profession, then you’ve clearly never had a peek inside Poland’s Wieliczka Salt Mine. The subterranean marvel (and UNESCO World Heritage Site) has been operational since the first shafts were dug way back in the 13th century, but the decor has come a long, long way in the subsequent years. And now, thanks to Google, we can explore it from afar. Read More >>

Salt Meter Tells You If Your Dinner Is Going To Slowly Kill You

By now we all know that too much salt is bad for you. Excess salt intake leads to high blood pressure, which leads to all kinds of terrible things. But salt is in pretty much every processed food out there and even the most ardent label reader can't divine how much sodium chloride is in the soup at a local restaurant. Besides, how much is 'too much'? The folks at Thanko have brought some hard numbers to this ambiguous world with their new Handy Salt Meter. Read More >>

Buildings You Can Lick: 9 Spectacular Structures Made Out of Salt

Is it possible? Yes it is. Using special salt mixes, builders in countries from Bolivia to Poland have been building with sodium chloride for centuries. Read More >>

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Super Salty Lake Looks Like a Strawberry Milkshake

Photographed from above it looks like a pool of melty Strawberry ice cream, but Lake Retba, which runs blood-red through Senegal, West Africa, gets its unusual colour from an unusually high salt content—up to 40-percent! Read More >>

Food Scientists To Make Crisps Healthier So You Can Eat More

Crisp lovers, rejoice! Scientists from the University of Nottingham have found that the salt in crisps is only released into the mouth around 20 seconds after chewing, and by that time, the crisps are probably on their way down your neck. The researchers say that this "salt burst" is underused and could pave the way for a reduction in salt but not taste within your snack foods. Read More >>

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Need More Hard Drive Space? Add a Pinch of Salt

Hard drives are a bit like CPUs -- constantly increasing in capacity. Soon though we'll hit another brick wall for current magnetic technology. Thankfully a surprisingly common substance looks like it'll be able to triple capacity. Read More >>

The Dead Sea Isn’t Really Dead After All

The Dead Sea earned its name because its 33 percent salinity prevents the growth of most organisms. It's one of the world's saltiest bodies of water which is why microbiologists were surprised to find thick biofilms on its sea floor. Read More >>